Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters (center) interviews Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and running back Arian Foster (23) after the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Texans Hold On For Win Against New York Jets

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The Houston Texans win again, but incredibly the New York Jets almost stole this one from them. The Texans got off to a hot start behind Arian Foster who had 93 yards early in the second quarter. He looked to be threatening Adrian Peterson’s single game record early in the game but cooled off finishing with just over 150 yards in the game. But somehow the New York Jets kept hanging around.

This game will most notably be remembered for the boos being rained down towards Mark Sanchez as the calls for Tim Tebow get more and more audible. Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions in the game and that certainly encouraged the boo birds but they were both results of tips. Tim Tebow also ran for a first down on a fake punt and that had the fans cheering. He followed that up late by a big run for a first down in the red zone.

Unfortunately right after that play Tebow had one more chance to put it in the end zone for his first touchdown of the season, but after failing Sanchez returned only to fail to get in the end zone and settling for a field goal instead.

Despite those hardships some Tebow-like magic was still around for the New York Jets. Joe McKnight returned a kick off for 100 yards to bring the score within 6 at 20-14. They then followed that up with a trick onside kick that they almost recovered, it hit a New York player in the hands but ultimately Houston recovered the ball.

The Houston Texans’ defense took a hit this game when Brian Cushing left the game in the second quarter. On a tackle he went down awkwardly and was grabbing his left knee in pain before leaving the field.

J.J. Watt was dominate against on defense collecting many tipped passes including one on Sanchez’s hail mary pass to end the game. Watt’s streak of games with multiple sacks though came to an end.

Matt Schaub went 14 of 28 for 209 yards including a touchdown pass to a wide open Owen Daniels in the first quarter.

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